Hello my fabulous hostess friends! Are you ready to set the table for the holidays? C'est noel!
I absolutely adore the holidays and it's probably not a huge surprise that Christmas is one of my favorites. The family traditions, the magic that happens, twinkling lights everywhere and the memories that are made, are exactly what makes this the most wonderful time of the year. Really! I loved this season when I was growing up and passing down our family traditions to my children has always been important to me.
'Tis the season to deck the halls and this year, I'm just mad about plaid so I'm bringing it to the table. I'm hosting both brunch and dinner this holiday (I know!), so I'm going with my Sophistiplate 'dinnerware'. You remember, it's the disposable line of pretty paper made in Italy and perfect for easy entertaining. I treat it just as I do my fine china or casual dinnerware, mixing it with my best stemware, barware. flatware, linens and decor, but at the end of a dinner or party, I can toss it all away. Read more about these pretty plates and how I set this year's table below.
All about it:
Linens: I fell for the Classic Stewart Tartan Plaid table runner and napkins from Williams-Sonoma the minute I laid eyes on it. The festive colors of the plaid, mixed with classic hues of your holiday dinnerware is a sure way to make your table and home feel merry and bright. I doubled the napkins as placemats here, and added a simple white napkin from Sophistiplate to each placesetting for an easier clean up between brunch and dinner. Charming, isn't it?
Tablesetting: For this table setting I used the Sophistiplate Bianca Rosso Collection for a traditional and festive holiday look. I think the classic combination of white plates mixed with a hint of red is a perfect balance with the plaid. The collection includes a Pearly White Petalo Colore charger plates and dinner plates, Satin Red Righe Salad/Dessert Plates, and White Petalo Colore appetizer and dessert bowls, along with white napkins. It's sold as a set of eight and all items are also available à la carte. I layered the collection, and used a wood charger underneath to elevate the placesettings and to add a natural element to the table. My favorite part? The mix of metals! The medley of my Marchesa Imperial Gold Caviar flatware, copper cocktail mugs, and silver serving pieces added a perfect amount of holiday glow. I think the real drama came in with my favorite black champagne flutes. Mine are vintage, but you can find similar ones at Z Gallerie, where I bought mine several years ago.
Decor: I wanted the decor to be as charming and traditional as the classic plaid linens. I laid branches of berry eucalyptus down the runner, added white washed wood trees on a silver tray, a few pine cones, white pillar candles, silver mercury votive holders, my favorite reindeer ornaments, silver candle sticks, and scattered fresh pomegranates for a splash of color. The jingle bell napkin rings were a darling addition and the black velvet ribbon added just enough color to the placesetting. I tucked in some greenery for a little more holiday vibe.
GET THE LOOK:
To keep things simple, I'm using the same dinnerware collection for brunch and dinner. I can create the sets ahead, and stack and store them until I'm ready to set the table for dinner. Since I'll have some of the same guests for brunch and dinner, I wanted to freshen and change up table and linens a bit. I kept all the same flatware, stemware, barware, decor and accents, but to show off the white placesettings against the white tablecloth, I added rattan placemats for color and dimension. So easy!
Whether you're mad for plaid, too, or have another idea all together, set a festive table, whip up a signature cocktail or two, turn up your holiday playlist, surround yourself with loved ones, and fill your day with happy and cozy moments.
Holiday Cranberry Moscow Mules
1 Shot of Vodka
1/2Cup of Cranberry Juice
1 Squeeze of Fresh Lime
Top the rest of your mug with Ginger Beer
Give all ingredients a brisk stir. Top with fresh mint leave and garnish with cranberries. You can also make a batch in a pitcher and refrigerate. Pour mixture into a mule when guests arrive, top with ginger beer, mint and garnish.
Photography: Stefanie Schoen; The Style Safari
Thank you to our friends at Sophistiplate for partnering with us on this post.